XXcLusive: Young Buck Talks 18-Month Prison Sentence, Cash Money and MMG

A whirlwind of events over the past several years caused Young Buck to be in the position that he’s in today—staring at 18 months in prison on weapon charges, a sentence that he’ll begin August 13.

Sitting on house arrest with a monitoring bracelet strapped around his ankle, Buck recently broke silence and exclusively spoke to XXL about having to turn himself in to begin his prison bid in less than a month.

“There were all the crazy things that happened to me in the last few years leading up to this situation I’m in today,” Buck told XXL. “My mindset moving forward is letting the past be the past. Don’t judge me behind what you think I am or what you thought I did or none of that. Pay attention to Buck because the man that I was yesterday ain’t the man that I am today.”

“I know whatever is at the end of the rainbow…it’s gotta be a pot of gold,” he added.

Buck’s certainly endured a downward spiral during the last several years, starting in 2005, when he accepted felony charges for his alleged stabbing of a man, who sucker-punched Dr. Dre at the 2004 Vibe Awards.

Accepting the charges would come back to bite the former G-Unit rap star five years later in 2010, when a federal raid on his Tennessee mansion for bankruptcy uncovered an old gun. Gun possession charges combined with alleged stabbing and the over $300,000 he owes to the IRS were responsible for Buck getting a three-year sentence, which the judge announced Friday (July 13) that he’ll allow the Cashville MC to serve the two counts concurrently through a year-and-a-half.

Sandwiched between the Federal raid and Friday’s sentence was Buck’s SUV being shot at 11 times in Nashville, Tennessee this past March. Miraculously, Buck walked away unscathed from the incident, but his girlfriend was hit once in the shoulder.

All this being said, it’s been an unbelievable turn of events for the rhyme slinger, who became an instant fan favorite with hits like “Let Me In” and “Shorty Wanna Ride” off his platinum-certified debut album, Straight Outta Cashville in 2004.

“I been put my situation in God’s hands a long time ago,” Buck said.

Buck is spending time with his family and working on music in the days leading up to his incarceration. A free agent, no longer signed to G-Unit, Buck is just looking forward to starting over and finding a new home. Months back, rumors spread of him signing with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group or his former label home, Cash Money. Buck told XXL that either imprint would be a good look.

“MMG has a real push for what they got going,” he said. “I came up with Cash Money, so just to see what they’re doing…”

“But the height of Buck is coming out this penitentiary,” he added.

Check back with XXLMag.com for more on exclusives on Young Buck soon.—Mark Lelinwalla

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    Yo buck, you made many mistakes homie, and burned allot of bridges in the industry, but you got real talent, you gonna make it to that pot of gold homie, learn from these rough years and come out stronger,..

  • BillzClinton

    THis song sucks, Dre’s verse tries sooo hard.

    Ricky is mediocre///

    Jay stumbles but still drops some heat.

    Overall a very poor song.

    Please don’t hide this comment this time, that’s censorship.


    “5″ Vs “Life is Good”…….

  • liebsohn

    quadrillionaireable pixels

  • shl

    XXL better fix these fucking comment sections.Its all wrong.Expected better from xxl

  • brownboy

    Fuck both these fools oscar quit against pac-man in his last fight what a pussy!! Fuck 50 he gave up rap when my boy GAME aka CHUCK TAYLOR put him and his wack crew out the rap game where the FUCK they been at. Bet his new album wont sell. Mad props to Banks the realest nigga on the g-unot camp. FUCK UM BOTH!!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com 850 love

    BUCK keep yo head up imma b writin u for real . I always been a fan cuz I feel like he is a real nigga. F 50 cent is blind to me when it comes to music I aint neva been a fan of 50. Buck’s music always hits real hard, stop hatin on him!!

  • Hercucheese

    Agreed. I was so looking forward to this track. While not bad, it certainly isn’t what won would expect from A. two legends with a hot act B. from a song titled 3 kings. Very lack luster.